Artists in Residence

The Creative New Zealand/Macmillan Brown Pacific Artists in Residence programme has been offered on an annual basis since 1996.

Pacific Artist in Residence Handbook

The Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies also held a number of events over 2006 and 2007 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Artist in residence programme.

2012 Artist

Victor Rodger (2012 Artist)

The Macmillan Brown Centre and Creative New Zealand are delighted to announce that Christchurch born playwright and scriptwriter, Victor Rodger, is the 2012 Pacific Artist in residence. In 1998 Victor’s first play, “Sons”, won Chapman Tripp Awards for Best New Play and Best New Writer and in 2001 he won the Bruce Mason Playwright Award. His latest play, “At The Wake” premieres in Palmerston North at the end of July. He has previously been the recipient of the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Writers in residency at the University of Hawai’i (2006) and the Ursula Bethell Creative Writers Residency the University of Canterbury (2009). Since 2000 Victor has also been a script writer for “Shortland Street”.

Victor has chosen two projects to work on during his residency, both of which use the themes of class, racism and identity,.
“ Aftershocks” explores the personal aftershocks of four very different family units- two east-side and two west-side - after the devastating February earthquake.
“Can All Read and Write” is inspired by an award ceremony in Christchurch in 2010 where a (white) presenter assured the audience that a group of award winning (and mainly Pasifica) students could “all read and write.”

Victor will be at the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies in August and September and will return in November to complete his residency and to host writing workshops.

2011 Artist

Fatu Feu'u

In 2011, to mark the 15th anniversary of the Macmillan Brown Pacific Artist in residence programme, Fatu Feu’u (the first recipient in 1996) returned to Christchurch to complete a second residency. As part of this, Feu’u researched and wrote a new body of poetry which will be published accompanied by a series of lithographs. The paintings in his exhibitiuon Ola were produced as the foundation for this upcoming publication.

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OLA:A solo exhibition by Fatu Feu'u (13 - 21 March 2012)

2010 Artist

Tanya Muagututi'a

Actress, Musician, Song-writer, Play-wright and Manager of Pacific Underground, Tanya Muagututi'a was the 2010 Pacific Artist in Residence.

During her residency Tanya researced and completed a first draft for a play called 'Scholars'.  As part of her research about scholarships that were made available for Samoan students from the 1950s-1980, Tanya interviewed and conducted workshops at the Macmillan Brown Centre.

2009 Artist

Kulimoeanga (Stone) Maka

The Macmillan Brown/Creative New Zeland Pacific Artist in residence for 2009 was Tongan born artist Kulimoeanga (Stone) Maka.

During his residency, Stone drew inspiration from the traditional process of smoking Tongan mats ( ta'ovala faka'ahu) and converted this smoking process to canvas.

Stone concluded his residency with two exhibitions, at the University of Canterbury and the Centre of Contemporary of Art, entitled 'Faka'ahu-Contemporary Fumage'

2008 Artist

John Ioane

John Ioane was the 2008 Pacific Artist in residence. During his residency John carved and painted on hardboard and resin for his exhibtion entitled 9 Heavens.The works examined the relationship between Samoa and Tonga and that thousands of years ago both countires lived together in unity.

2007 Artist

Johnny Penisula

The 2007 Pacific Artist in residence was Invercargill-based Samoan Sculptor Johhny Penisula. Johnny created a series of rock sculptures under the title 'Le folauga me le afe o Tausaga: The voyage to the next Millennium' during his residency and worked with students in the School of Fine Arts.

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2006 Artist

Sheyne Tuffery

The 2006 Artist in Residence was Sheyne Tuffery. Sheyne worked on a project entitled SaMoa ( Sacred Fowl). Sheyne produced a series of mixed media murals and computer animation. Sheyne completed his residency with an exhibition at the Salamander Gallery entitled 'Penguins and Buicks'.

2005 Artist

Tusiata Avia

The 2005 Pacific Artist in residence was Tusiata Avia. Tusiata will be writing a new book of poetry and drawing on this material for a new stage show. As part of her residency, Tusiata hosted poetry workshops with Pacific Writers groups.

2004 Artist

Dave Fane

Our 2004 artist, David Fane, prepared his play on Tamasese and the Mau, which we anticipate will premier at Christchurch's Court Theatre in 2005 (we are awaiting confirmation from the artist). Dave worked with the blessing and support of Tupua Tamasese IV, one the MB Centre's former Visiting Scholars. During his residency he also continued work with Naked Samoan colleagues in the new feature Bro' Town, that premiered on national television in 2004.

2003 Artists

In 2003 the Centre broadened its artistic range to include the performing arts, and welcome the selection of a founder and a member of the Pacific Underground as our first performing artists. Erolia Ifopo and Siaosi Mulipola will work under a join project title named "Pacific Playwrights".

Both Erolia and Siaosi deal with issues surrounding the Pacific diaspora and experiences of New Zealand born Pacific Islanders, contrasting the understandings of culture and family loyalties from a New Zealand perspective, and the historical and cultural depth of the home island society.

Erolia Ifopo

Erolia Ifopo wrote her own commentary, critique and reflection of a Pacific woman/Pacific Women in the arts and is interested in "establishing more in-depth links to the threads of traditional rituals and ceremonies that have influenced and shaped contemporary Pacific arts and artists in New Zealand".

Siaosi Mulipola

Siaosi is composed"Paper Flowers – a dance composition about the migration of our Polynesian Mothers, acknowledging their strength and determination to start life in a different environment".

2002 Artists

Lurlene Christiansen

Lurlene completed her residency in September 2002 with an installation of her digital works entitled Cha Cha Cha in Blue.

Emma Kesha

Emma Kesha is a Dunedin based traditional Samoan weaver. She completed her residency in November 2002 with an installation of her weaving works entitled Siva Siva Maia: Come Dance with me.

2001 Artist

Filipe Tohi

Filipe Tohi was the Artist in Residence in 2001. Filipe is a New Plymouth-based Tongan-born sculptor who worked on la lava lashings and sculptures during his residency.

2000 Artist

Lonnie Hutchinson

Lonnie Hutchinson, of Samoan and Ngai Tahu descent was the first woman recipient to take up this residency. Lonnie completed her residency with an installation of her works entitled: Coconut Dreams.

1999 Artist

Andy Lelei

In 1999, self-taught New Zealand born Samoan artist, Andy Lelei took up his residency.

Professor Albert Wendt describes Andy as "one of the dynamic New Zealand-born-and-raised artists influencing and changing New Zealand art dramatically".

Andy completed his residency by an exhibition of his paintings entitled: Patterns of my lavalava.

1998 Artist


John Pule

Niuean born poet/artist/author John Pule followed Michel and took up his residency in 1998.

John completed his residency with an exhibition of ten ink drawings entitled: Tala Mahofihofi: love poems.

John's drawings brought together his writing and imagery.

1997 Artist

Michel Tuffery

Fatu's 1996 residency was followed in 1997 by Michel Tuffery. Michel proud of his Samoan/Tahitian/Cook Island heritage completed his residency by an installation of his works entitled: O le vasa loloto ma le loloa: the wide and deep ocean. This exhibition reflected Michel's conservation and love for the ocean.

1996 Artist

Fatu Feu’u

The first recipient of this scholarship (1996) was well-known Auckland based Samoan artist Fatu Feu’u.

Fatu completed this inaugural residency by an opening exhibition of five paintings (mixed media on canvas) entitled: So'otaga ole Pasifika: Pacific Connections.